International Trade

  • July 28, 2014

    Kodak Joins Aluminum Price-Fixing Suits Against Banks

    Eastman Kodak Co. on Monday became the latest plaintiff in a slew of antitrust lawsuits across the nation alleging Goldman Sachs Group Inc., JPMorgan Chase and Co., the London Metal Exchange and others schemed to inflate the value of aluminum by stockpiling huge amounts of the metal.

  • July 28, 2014

    US, EU Poised To Hit Russia With Fresh Round Of Sanctions

    The White House said Monday that the United States and the European Union are preparing to implement new sanctions targeting Russia's economic, financial and defense sectors, amid concerns that it is increasingly destabilizing the Ukraine by aiding separatists fighting the government there.

  • July 28, 2014

    Argentina Gets OK For Bond Payments On Technicality

    With less than 56 hours left to solve a debt-repayment impasse, Argentina got permission Monday evening to make interest payments on certain bonds because of a newly discovered technicality — but the clock will keep ticking, and the special master for the country's debt crisis announced a new round of talks for Tuesday.

  • July 28, 2014

    Senate Confirms New CPSC Chairman, Commissioner

    The U.S. Senate on Monday voted to approve two nominees for the Consumer Product Safety Commission: Elliot Kaye, President Barack Obama's nominee for agency chairman, and commissioner nominee Joseph Mohorovic.

  • July 28, 2014

    USDA Eyes Looser Regs On Pork Imports From Mexico

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed to loosen restrictions on pork imports from Mexico after deeming some states within the country as having a low incidence rate of swine fever.

  • July 28, 2014

    Russia May Limit Fruit Imports From EU Amid Ukraine Crisis

    Russia's Ministry of Agriculture is considering a restriction on all or some fruit imports from the European Union over concerns about a pest contamination, as the country faces increased sanctions from the EU over its continued presence in eastern Ukraine, according to a Monday report.

  • July 28, 2014

    Fed. Circ. Says Carriers Must Pay Duties On Missing Merch

    The Federal Circuit on Monday ruled that transportation logistics company C.H. Robinson Co. was liable for $106,407 in duties and taxes on Chinese apparel that went missing before being shipped to Mexico, finding the company hadn’t provided enough proof that the goods were delivered to the correct port.

  • July 28, 2014

    Commerce Probes UAE Co.'s Evasion Of PET Film Duties

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday said it is launching an anti-dumping investigation to find out whether a United Arab Emirates polyethylene terephthalate film manufacturer was evading duties on imports from the UAE by shifting production to Bahrain.

  • July 28, 2014

    Car Audio Co. Fined $4M For Violating Iran Sanctions

    The U.S. Department of the Treasury said Friday that California-based electronic components manufacturer Epsilon Electronics Inc. must pay $4.07 million as a penalty for illegally selling car audio and video equipment to a company that re-exports products to Iran.

  • July 28, 2014

    Bose Says Beats Rips Off Its Headphone Tech

    Bose Corp. on Friday sued Beats Electronics LLC in a Delaware federal court and filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission accusing the company of infringing five patents for noise-canceling and noise reduction technology in headphones.

  • July 28, 2014

    Smith & Wesson To Pay $2M To Settle FCPA Charges

    Gunmaker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. will pay $2 million to settle U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charges that it violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act when employees and others made or authorized payments to foreign officials while trying to win contracts in Pakistan and elsewhere, the agency said Monday.

  • July 25, 2014

    Commerce Sets Duties On China's Solar Panels

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday said it is planning to levy preliminary anti-dumping import duties of roughly 42 percent on crystalline silicon solar panels from China and about 36 percent on solar cells made in Taiwan.

  • July 25, 2014

    EU Gets Closer To Heftier Sanctions On Russian Cos.

    The European Commission barreled ahead Friday in its effort to ratchet up economic pressure on Russia in response to the unrest in Ukraine, striking a preliminary deal on its toughest round of sanctions, which could block Russia's access to European Union capital markets and take swipes at its energy sector.

  • July 25, 2014

    FDA, Mexico Resolve To Strengthen Produce Safety

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Mexican government agreed on Thursday to partner to improve the safety of produce and agreed to adopt measures, including better sharing of information, to understand each other’s produce safety systems.

  • July 25, 2014

    Trade Facilitation Pact In Peril As India Refuses To Retreat

    The World Trade Organization's General Council meeting ended Friday without resolving a dispute over the implementation of a trade facilitation deal with a looming deadline, after the Indian government held firm to its stance that the deal should only go forward in parallel with a separate food safety agreement.

  • July 25, 2014

    GSK Investigating Alleged Misconduct By Former Syria Ops

    GlaxoSmithKline PLC said Friday that it is investigating allegations of misconduct by the company's former consumer operations and related distributors in Syria, after receiving a whistleblower's email detailing the claims. 

  • July 25, 2014

    Ex-BSGR Agent Gets 2 Years For Obstructing FCPA Probe

    A former agent for mining company BSG Resources Ltd. was sentenced in New York federal court on Friday to two years in prison for obstructing a U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation into potential bribery in Guinea.

  • July 25, 2014

    ITC Bans Asian Tires That Flout Toyo Design Patents

    The U.S. International Trade Commission on Thursday banned the import of certain kinds of automotive tires from China and Thailand, because they violate design patents held by Toyo Tire Holdings of America Inc.

  • July 25, 2014

    Chinese Off-Road Tire Maker Sues Commerce Over Duties

    Chinese off-road tire manufacturer Tianjin United Tire & Rubber International Co. Ltd. on Thursday urged the U.S. Court of International Trade to order the U.S. Department of Commerce to adhere to a lower cash deposit rate for countervailing duties for tire imports, saying customs officials are charging an excessive rate.

  • July 25, 2014

    Commerce Tees Up Duties On Venezuelan Steel Inputs

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Friday found that Venezuelan companies have been selling an additive used in steel production at unfairly low prices in the U.S. in a move that clears the way for remedial duties while also finding that Russian shippers had not dumped their products.

Expert Analysis

  • UK Bribery Act Turns 3 — Not A Time For Complacency

    Raymond Sweigart

    Despite the announcements and commentary that the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010 heralded a new and aggressive face toward corporate corruption, there have as yet been no corporate prosecutions brought under the act. But it would be perilous in the extreme to think it is business as usual when it comes to prosecuting corruption, says Raymond Sweigart of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.

  • CBP May Be Signaling Renewed Interest In 1st-Sale Rule

    Lindsay Meyer

    With importers increasingly relying on the use of the multitier "first sale" to a middleman for value declarations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection recently reminded the trade community that audits are well within its jurisdiction and that penalties may ensue for anyone misusing or abusing the rule, say Lindsay Meyer and Amanda Blunt of Venable LLP.

  • 3 Takeaways From BofA's $16.5M Settlement With OFAC

    Michael V. Dobson

    Bank of America’s roughly $16.5 million settlement with the Office of Foreign Assets Control for alleged violation of OFAC sanctions is a treasure trove of sanctions compliance guidance, and carries important lessons for those preparing to submit voluntary self-disclosures, says Michael Dobson Jr. of Kelley Drye & Warren LLP.

  • Your State Contract May Prohibit Offshore Outsourcing

    Merle DeLancey

    A recent report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General resurfaced the issue of offshoring restrictions in the context of Medicaid contracts. This easily overlooked issue has been percolating to the top of the list for government agencies, state attorneys general and, perhaps, qui tam plaintiffs’ attorneys, say attorneys with Dickstein Shapiro LLP.

  • A Blow To Commerce's Methodology For Trade Order Scope

    Brian McGill

    The U.S. Court of International Trade recently overturned the 30-year coexistence of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s substantial transformation test to determine a product’s country of origin and separate statutory provisions that seek to prevent circumvention of trade relief. The ramifications of the Peer Bearing Company-Changshan case are difficult to overstate, says Brian McGill of King & Spalding LLP.​

  • Trial-Ready In 180 Days: Prepare For SDNY's Rocket Docket

    Isaac S. Greaney

    A growing trend in the Southern District of New York akin to a sua sponte rocket docket can provide defendants with an opportunity to set the tone of discovery and shift the burden and risks of the schedule to their adversaries, say Isaac Greaney and Jackie Lu of Sidley Austin LLP.

  • When You Are Responsible For Your Book Of Business

    Jennifer Topper

    Finding prospective clients and retaining them has little to do with your legal training and expertise, and yet you have no practice without successful client acquisition and retention. There is no reason you cannot apply your basic legal training to successful sales efforts hinging upon your practice strength and experience, says independent law firm consultant Jennifer Topper.

  • 5 Takeaways From Latest US Sanctions Against Russian Cos.

    Alexandra Lopez-Casero

    The latest round of U.S. sanctions against Russia’s oil, natural gas and financial industries is a dramatic departure from how the United States has applied targeted sanctions in the past, and raises several questions, say Alexandra Lopez-Casero and D. Grayson Yeargin of Nixon Peabody LLP.

  • An Inventive Way To Remove Pure State Court Claims

    Michael E. Blumenfeld

    Nondiverse state court defendants facing purely state law claims that seek to secure federal jurisdiction should determine whether a good faith basis exists to pursue a third-party action against a federal actor in order to trigger the representative U.S. Attorney’s certification and remove such claims under the Westfall Act, say Michael Blumenfeld and Jonathan Singer of Miles & Stockbridge PC.

  • Powerful Tools For Discovery And Litigation Strategy

    Nathalie Hofman

    Analytics offer opportunities for refining both discovery strategy and overall litigation strategy by providing information to support better informed decisions. As an added bonus, they can result in significant cost savings, say Nathalie Hofman and Carolyn Southerland of Huron Consulting Group Inc.